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Cruise Day 5: St Thomas

Cruise Day 5: St Thomas

 

We didn’t have anything planned for this day, so we took it easy on this port visit. We woke up late and had a quick breakfast in the Windjammer before heading off the ship. The port of Charlotte Amalie was built just for cruise ships, much like the one in Costa Maya in Mexico, so it’s very “Tourist trappy” when you first get off, and you have to take a taxi of some variety to get to where all the shopping and attractions are. We opted to just take a little stroll around the surrounding area, and then get back on the ship to change into swim clothes and head to a beach of some variety, since we’d gotten most of our shopping done in St Maarten the day before.

We decided on Emerald Beach, which was only a $4 taxi ride from the pier. This beach came recommended by a few folks that had gone to St. Thomas before, and it really was a beautiful place. It’s a small secluded beach tied to a nearby hotel of the same name, so it wasn’t packed but it certainly was crowded. The water was crystal clear, and my cousin and I decided to do some impromptu snorkeling. I’ve got some video of that which will be up on my YouTube channel some time soon. We saw lots of tiny fish, as well as a few surprises along the rocks. As it turns out, we swam quite far away from the swimming area, but it was well worth it given the sights we’d seen.

We headed back to the ship around 2:30pm, and made our way to the Solarium, where we enjoyed the refreshing pool in the center. It had spray jets in the center which my cousin and I nicknamed “The People Washer” – clearly this had become my new favorite pool on board. While I love listening to the Caribbean band playing “Hot, Hot, Hot” and other soca hits, I also love my serene quiet peace time as well.

While the rest of the family dined at Chops Grille, my cousin and I decided we weren’t in the mood for steaks so we had our dinner that night in my favorite speciality restaurant: Izumi. Since we’d done the Hibachi experience already, we decided on doing the regular sushi menu, and I couldn’t resist revisiting my meal from my last Izumi experience on Anthem of the Seas. It was amazingly delicious, and I honestly can’t recommend Izumi more highly.  For those mildly curious, we had the Chicken Karan-Age and Spicy Miso Ramen appetizers, and I had a Snow Crab California Roll. I’m not an overly adventurous eater, but this hit the spot beautifully and I recommend all of those if you’re unsure what to try when visiting Izumi.

After dinner we visited the casino, and I made a few more donations before calling it a night early.  Stay tuned for more about the last 2 days of the trip!

 

 

 

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

Here’s a shot from today’s eclipse… I’ve got lots more to go through, but wanted to share this.

I’m truly humbled and blessed to have had this opportunity and will always be grateful to the incredible family with which I’m traveling; thanks for bringing me along and letting me enjoy this incredible experience with all of you.

June 2017 Trip Photo Highlights

June 2017 Trip Photo Highlights

I definitely had a great time on this trip, but not just as a ship-going passenger. The photographer in me always loves the chance to snap a great photo, so here are some of my favorites from the whole journey.

I took most of these pictures, with the obvious exception of the ones of me which were taken by the photographers onboard the ship. Since I don’t often like to take the time to set up all of my studio gear and get all dressed up for a selfie, I enjoy taking the opportunity for a nice professionally-shot image like the ones I can get onboard.

I got some great shots of a few guys up on the Flowrider too. I got a chance to chat with them, and made sure to get their e-mails so I could send them the shots after I’d gotten home.

Enjoy these shots – there may be some repeats from the live blogs, but there may be some new ones you might not have seen. Either way, thank you all again so much for taking this trip with me, and I look forward to sharing more with you on my next trips!

 

Got My First Roll Of Black & White Film Back From The Lab

Got My First Roll Of Black & White Film Back From The Lab

One of the many great allures of shooting film is shooting in black & white. It’s been a very long time since I’d shot actual black and white, as opposed to taking color pictures and removing the color in post-production. The last time I shot anything in black & white was easily 20+ years ago, maybe longer, when I had my Pentax K1000.

I shot a roll of Ilford HP5 ISO 400, which I was told was a good all-around film for getting into this type of photography. For my first roll of non-color in a long time, I’m quite happy. Seeing these pictures is making me want to shoot more of it.

I’ve also learned that one should use filters in front of the lens to increase contrast, so I found a great deal on a few color filters at my local camera shop. I’m definitely excited to shoot more black & white shots.

All of the images below are straight from the camera, no post-processing has been done.

Enjoy!


Got My First Roll Of Color Film Back From The Lab

Got My First Roll Of Color Film Back From The Lab

Got my first round of pictures back from the lab – I’m optimistic! It was a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film, which the lab processed via a “dip and dunk” method. I’m told this is the best way to process film, but I haven’t a clue what it means or how it differs from other labs. The lab then scanned my negatives and electronically sent me high-resolution TIFF files which I can store digitally. I’ll be keeping the negatives from any film I shoot archived in case I find anything I want to print, as I’m told this will produce the best quality.

The good news:

  • The camera works! It’s always an unknown when it comes to buying used gear on eBay. Positive feedback has been left!
  • The light meter is fairly accurate. Most of the shots I took the meter was around the centerline, maybe plus or minus half a stop or so. I’m cool with that.
  • Kodak Ektar 100 looks very nice – appears to have a warm tone to it. It could be just my interpretation or my unfamiliar-to-film eye. I’ve got a roll of Fujifilm 400H ISO 400 in my camera now, so maybe I’ll take some of the same shots with that roll and compare.

The bad news:

  • Not that bad: I’m missing the first 2 images that I shot… I remember the first image I shot was of a few things in my office.  Perhaps they didn’t come out? It would make sense that pictures on the extreme ends of the film might be the most likely to not come out? Film photographers, your thoughts?
  • The camera is annoyingly heavy… will be a little annoying for travel…

I’m waiting on a roll of Ilford HP5 Black-and-White pictures to come back, and I’ll post a few of those once I get those scans.

All of the pictures are shown exactly as they had been shot from the camera with the exception of minor blemish cleanups on a few. No color correction has been made.

All in all, I’m feeling pretty good. What do you think?

 

Taking Photography To Another Level

Taking Photography To Another Level

I picked this baby up on eBay since I’d been wanting to get back into film photography. It’s a Canon EOS 1n, a professional-grade film camera. It works with (almost) all of my existing lenses, so it seemed like a good fit. I just shot my first roll of Kodak Ektar 100 and can’t wait to get it developed.  I should have thought this through a little better, since this camera is…well… a bit… heavy.

It’s a boat anchor!

I’m going to have to get creative with carrying this when I go traveling, but after trying “smaller form factor” cameras and not liking them for being too small, I’ll make it happen.

The camera was a joy to shoot with, I’m looking forward to taking more great pictures in the future.

Do you have any suggestions or tips for getting back into film photography? Please feel free to leave comments below. Thanks!

 

Bathroom Selfie Fail

Bathroom Selfie Fail


A friend of mine told me about a new app called Anchor that lets you record little mini snippets of audio, and turn them into sort of a little radio station type of thing. It’s pretty cool. The link above will take you to a segment I did about the picture, which is basically my failed attempt at a quick “bathroom selfie”.

If you click the link after a certain date it may not work, since Anchor only keeps content up for 24 hours. Either way, this seems like a funny start to the day.

Lesson learned: Actually check the camera position before taking said bathroom selfie.